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UPDATE 1-Sri Lanka c.bank keeps rates steady, rupee still vulnerable

11 Oct 2019

* Says growth likely to remain subdued in 2019 (Adds detail, analysts comments)

Sri Lanka housing minister vows to tap wartime army chief if elected president

10 Oct 2019

COLOMBO Sri Lanka's presidential frontrunner housing minister Sajith Premadasa launched his campaign on Thursday, promising to appoint a wartime army chief as head of national security should he win the ‪Nov. 16 presidency in a nation still reeling from Easter Sunday Islamist attacks.

Sri Lanka ex-defence chief launches presidential campaign, pledges safer nation

09 Oct 2019

COLOMBO Sri Lanka's former defence chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Wednesday formally launched his presidential campaign, promising strong national security measures if he wins the Nov. 16 election in the island nation still reeling from Easter Sunday bombings.

Record number of candidates to contest Sri Lanka's presidential election

07 Oct 2019

COLOMBO A record 35 candidates have filed nominations to take part in Sri Lanka's presidential election on Nov. 16, nearly twice as many as participated in the last poll in 2015, posing a logistical headache for election authorities.

Sri Lankan court dismisses challenge to presidential candidate Rajapaksa's citizenship

04 Oct 2019

COLOMBO A Sri Lankan court on Friday dismissed a legal challenge to presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa's Sri Lankan citizenship, removing a major barrier he faced in contesting the Nov. 16 poll.

UPDATE 1-IMF cuts Sri Lanka's 2019 growth target to 2.7%, cites Easter attacks

25 Sep 2019

COLOMBO, Sept 25 The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Wednesday it has cut its forecast for Sri Lanka's 2019 economic growth to 2.7% from 3.5%, as the Easter Sunday attacks on hotels and churches earlier this year dented tourism and broader business activity.

Sri Lanka to hold presidential vote on November 16

18 Sep 2019

COLOMBO Sri Lanka will hold a presidential election on Nov. 16, the head of the island nation's election body told Reuters on Wednesday, as its $87 billion economy struggles to recover from a political crisis and the aftermath of deadly Islamist bombings.

Sri Lanka to start oil production in 2023; Total, Equinor to study potential

27 Aug 2019

COLOMBO Sri Lanka has enlisted French major Total and Norway's Equinor to study the hydrocarbon potential of two blocks, saying it aims to start oil production in the island nation in 2023.

CORRECTED-Sri Lanka to start oil production in 2023; Total, Equinor to study potential

27 Aug 2019

COLOMBO, Aug 27 Sri Lanka has enlisted French major Total and Norway's Equinor to study the hydrocarbon potential of two blocks, saying it aims to start oil production in the island nation in 2023.

Sri Lanka tourism industry begins to recover after attacks, election is next hurdle

09 Aug 2019

COLOMBO Sri Lanka's tourism industry, badly hurt by Easter day bombings, is showing signs of gradual recovery, industry executives say, although a national election later this year is likely to weigh on holiday season arrivals.

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